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Skyler Emerson Stromsmoe

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Skyler Stromsmoe has played as high as AAA despite having been undrafted out of college.

In 2007, Stromsmoe stole 52 bases in 55 tries for Southern Arkansas University. He was second in NCAA Division II in swipes, leading the Gulf South Conference and setting a school record. The San Francisco Giants signed him as an undrafted free agent. In his pro debut that summer with the AZL Giants, the utility man hit .290/.429/.435 in 28 games, stealing 7 bases in 8 tries and appearing at five positions. He split 2008 between the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (11 for 44, 5 BB, 3 SB, CS) and Augusta Greenjackets (11 for 55, 10 BB, 2 SB, CS), getting no hits longer than a single. He only played 2B, SS and 3B that year.

The Canadian continued to fill gaps in the Giants system in 2009, with stops with Salem-Keizer (2 for 9), the San Jose Giants (.267/.345/.416 in 44 G) and Fresno Grizzlies (0 for 3, 2 K in 3 AB). He played all three outfield positions as well as every infield position except first base. With San Jose, he was the main backup to Nick Noonan at 2B and Conor Gillaspie at 3B. In 2010, Skyler batted only .195/.312/.276 for Augusta (6 SB, 1 CS, 18 R in 25 G) and .239/.283/.317 for the Richmond Flying Squirrels (6 SB, 0 CS). He also allowed one run in 1 2/3 IP. He played every position except catcher and first base that year.

Finally spending one season with a single team, Stromsmoe put up a .277/.365/.349 batting line for Richmond in 83 games in 2011. After having started his pro career 25-for-29 in steal attempts, he was a woeful 3-for-9 in '11. He allowed three runs in four innings and appeared at every position except catcher. His most regular position was shortstop, where his 33 games were third on Richmond behind Noonan and Sharlon Schoop. Like Schoop, Stromsmoe was picked to play in the 2011 Baseball World Cup - Sharlon for the Netherlands and Skyler for Team Canada.

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